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5 Reasons to Fast on Arafat Day

Thinking of fasting the day of Arafat but not sure? Here are 5 quick reasons why you should fast the day of Arafat (Monday).

1. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “For fasting the day of ‘Ashura’, I hope that Allah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.” [Reported by Muslim, 1976]. This is from the bounty of Allah towards us: for fasting one day He gives us expiation for the sins of a whole year. And Allah is the Owner of Great Bounty.

2. Imam an-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “It expiates for all minor sins, i.e., it brings forgiveness of all sins except major sins.” Then he said (may Allah have mercy on him): “Fasting the day of ‘Arafah expiates for two years, and the day of ‘Ashura’ expiates for one year. If when a person says ‘Ameen’ it coincides with the ‘Ameen’ of the angels, he will be forgiven all his previous sins … Each one of the things that we have mentioned will bring expiation. If there are minor sins for which expiation is needed, expiation for them will be accepted; if there are no minor sins or major sins, good deeds will be added to his account and he will be raised in status … If he had committed major sins but no minor sins, we hope that his major sins will be reduced.”

3. Arafat is a day of Forgiveness from sins, freedom from the Hellfire for the people who are present in the plain of Arafat. Aa’ishah (radhi allahu anha) narrated the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) saying: “There is no day on which Allah frees more people from the Fire than the day of Arafat. He comes close and expresses His pride to the angels saying, ‘What do these people (the Hujjaj) want?’” [Saheeh Muslim]

4. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) was asked about the fasting on the day of Arafat, he said: “It expiates the sins of the previous year and that of the following year.” [Saheeh Muslim]. Imaam at-Tirmidhee (rahimahullah) (d. 275H) said: “The People of Knowledge consider it recommended  to fast on the day of Arafat, except for those at Arafat.” [Jaami’ut-Tirmidhee (3/377)].

5. Imagine, in one single fast you can be forgiven for 2 years of sins. The day of Arafat is Monday. Please make plans to fast on this day and encourage others to do so. Remember, 2 years sins forgiven for 1 day. (the day might vary based on your location – 9th of Dhul Hajj) 


Saiyyidah Zaidi
Working Muslim
Source: www.WorkingMuslim.com

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